The former Australian skipper, Steve Waugh lavished praise on the skipper of Indian Team, Virat Kohli. Waugh termed Kohli as the best batsman in International cricket. In an interview with the Cricket Australia (CA), Aussie veteran reiterated Kohli has the ‘batting technique’.

“He (Kohli) has got the game to survive anywhere. I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket.” he said.

The 53-year-old Waugh said that apart from Kohli if anyone impressed him with his technique, then it is South African AB de Villiers. Since the Proteas batsman announced his retirement in Test format, Kohli enjoys the list in a refreshing mode.

Earlier, during the ongoing England and India Test series, Kohli leapfrogged Steven Smith in ICC Test Rankings to occupy the top spot.

The 29-year-old batting mainstay Kohli scored his maiden ton on English soil in Edgbaston and wrapped up the match while amassing 200 runs.

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Virat Kohli has the best technique in the Test format right now, says Steve Waugh. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Steve Waugh, who is the winning skipper of 1999 World Cup also lauded suspended, Smith.

“I think Steve Smith is probably the hungriest batsman but he’s not playing for 12 months, so Kohli is the premier batsman in world cricket,” he said.

Furthermore, Waugh added Kohli among the category of “men of big occasions.”

“And he likes the big occasion. Like (Brian) Lara and Tendulkar and (Viv) Richards and Javed Miandad, and all the great batsmen, they want the big occasion, and that brings out the best in their cricket.” Waugh added

India is all set to travel to Australia in November this year. As per the Future Tours Programmes (FTP), India will play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three One-day Internationals there.

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Virat Kohli became No. 1 Test batsman after rock-solid performance at Edgbaston to surpass Steven Smith. Credits: Getty Images

Steve Waugh on India tour of Australia:

It will be a golden opportunity for Men in Blue to win the first series on the Aussie soil. Waugh feels such temptation to win the series will bring pressure to Indian skipper.

“He’ll be putting a bit of pressure on himself, this (a series win in Australia) will be the feather in the cap if he can pull this off.” the former right-hand batsman said.